Just last week, I lost my phone, for the second time in 2 years. I’m not sure if it’s my fault, or I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, again. Nonetheless, occurrences like these can be controlled, or at least to some extent prevented. Maybe if I was a little more wary and conscious where my phone was all the time, then maybe it wouldn’t have gone lost. The thing is, we only realize the real value of something when it’s gone, and no matter what measures you take, sometimes these thing are difficult to be traced back. As my mother would always tell me, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” and indeed like most times in my life, she’s never wrong. In most times, an unfortunate occurrence like this will push you to take more preemptive measures, especially in the fear of repetition. Casualties due to flooding during typhoons is an example of this, an end result that may not absolutely go away, but can definitely be diminished, if only even an ounce of prevention was made.
The Philippines has experienced so much losses due to a single typhoon or habagat. The thing is, we know it’s coming, and it’s not a surprising occurrence in our country, so why don’t people actually prepare for something like this before it hits again? If there’s one city in the Philippines that most certainly agrees with this, it’s definitely the City of Marikina. Marikina, which is a very prone place in terms of flooding sharing a big part of the Marikina Pasig River System, knows all too well about disaster preparedness. In the past couple of years, they’ve managed not only to make people wary of how to deal with disasters, they’ve also taken some measures to prevent flooding from happening in the first place.
The Marikina Watershed area, which has suffered from deforestation over the years, is now being rehabilitated again with their programs such as the DENR Tree Plating. Once more trees begin to surround the area again, flooding can be minimized gradually. Monitoring weather conditions has also been a part of their Disaster Risk Reduction plans, wherein the water level is closely watched to be able to make people evacuate earlier in times of need, which results into zero casualties. Regular cleaning of their drainage systems, declogging and continued waste segregation among other best practices have been of utmost importance in keeping Marikina from disasters to happen, or at least minimizing them.
You see, if enough people (cities) share the best practices that Marikina City is showing, then maybe things even to the simplest of unfortunate events can be prevented, and you save yourself the worry of having to deal with them after it has occurred — something I’m pretty sure I’ll keep in my mind when I get a new phone again.
Arguelles, Jean Adriel 2012-10759